There’s some disappointing news today about Charles N’Zogbia and it’s again got to do with his attitude.
Charles N’Zogbia – attitude problems again
Kevin talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œWhat weâ€™ve got at this club now are 16, 17 players who are totally committed as a pack to taking this club forward and Charles has just got to come into it a little bit more, in all honesty,â€ â€œI think heâ€™s been told that by the other players.”
“The players and myself would like to keep him here because they know he can be a tremendous asset. But heâ€™s got to be fully, fully, fully committed to Newcastle United and I think he might decide to do that. He may not but I hope he does.â€
â€œWhen I first came in there were eight days left of the transfer window. Charles and his agent wanted to move him out and I wouldnâ€™t allow that.â€
â€œHaving said that, I said if he did his best until the end of the season and felt the same way, I would let him go. But it would be on our terms, heâ€™s got three years left here.â€
Keegan as usual is optimistic about the future of a player Newcastle only signed with great difficulty from Le Havre in 2004. Charles is a good player, and still only 21, but the simple truth is that if he doesn’t want to stay and play for Kevin, we should let him go. It will be a pity but that’s the way things go sometimes.
â€œI had a chat with him on Friday. His training in the last week has been the best since Iâ€™ve been here,â€
â€œIf he can learn to be a team player with his individual skill, he will be a hell of an asset and I would like that club to be Newcastle United. But he has got to come into the team and he knows that too. Iâ€™m not saying anything to you I havenâ€™t said to him.â€
Good words from Kevin, and he’s careful at the end there, not to be betray any trust with Charles. It looks to us that N’Zogbia has already made his mind up that he wants to leave.
If that’s true we should drive a hard bargain with Spurs or whichever teams comes in for him in the summer.
We should aim to get around Â£10M for the player.